The Lazy Spectators’ Guide to the RBC Canadian Open

As you may be aware, some of the PGA Tour’s biggest names are expected at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club for next week’s Canadian Open. The list includes tried-and-true stars Ernie Els, Freddy Couples, Retief Goosen, Geoff Ogilvy and Vijay Singh, to name just a few. What you may not know is which players are [...]

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Before having his season cut short by back surgery, Alex Edler was coming into his own as the Canucks’ premier defenseman. After a slow start to the 2010-11 campaign, with only two goals scored in the first three months of the season (both in November), Edler caught fire in January, scoring the final six of his eight goals in nineteen days. But then the back spasms started. And, after playing through the pain for one game, the team agreed surgery was the best option. After an incredible recovery allowed Edler to rejoin the lineup just in time for the playoffs, he never got back to where he was in January.

In truth, it was a lot to ask of Edler that he return to top form — with no setbacks whatsoever — after such a major surgery. But, with a full (albeit somewhat shortened) offseason in which to get his rhythm, there are high hopes for the Iceman next season. At his ceiling, Alex Edler has the potential to be the best skater, passer, shooter, hitter, and overall defender on the Canucks’ backend. Can he get there?

What Vancouver gets from Alex Edler next season may be one of 2012′s greatest mysteries (the other being how the world will end). And while, today, we look back, not forward, one imagines that every goal Alex Edler scored last season might be an indication of what he’s capable of next season.

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When Manchester City visit Empire Field on Monday most of the media attention will be on the players who haven’t arrived in Vancouver. Argentinian forward Carlos Tevez is currently playing in the Copa America but it is unlikely that he would have travelled anyway as he is currently embroiled in a transfer dispute with the [...]

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‘Joey’ the Wonder Wiener Dog returns; relishing a third visit to the Wiener’s Circle

Two-day Showdown – 64 Dogs – at Hastings This Weekend With his owner Nancy Green saying he’s not too old to cut the mustard, ‘Joey’ the wiener dog is returning to Hastings Racecourse this weekend with hopes of winning his third straight championship. It’s the 3rd annual Wiener Dog competition with all 64 kennels having been [...]

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Today in the every goal series, we look at now-departed winger Tanner Glass, Scrabble Champ, bear fighter and all-around good guy, and examine the three goals he scored for the Canucks in 2010-11. Additionally, we marvel at the fact that Joel “Cigar Guy” Perrault is in the background for two of them.

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They could have been forgiven for doing things differently. In the middle of a terrible season few would have blamed the Vancouver Whitecaps for announcing that their next Designated Player signing was one of those washed up “big” names that do little to benefit the team on the field but does much to raise the profile of [...]

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They could have been forgiven for doing things differently. In the middle of a terrible season few would have blamed the Vancouver Whitecaps for announcing that their next Designated Player signing was one of those washed up “big” names that do little to benefit the team on the field but does much to raise the profile of the team to the casual ticket buyer.

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The Vancouver Whitecaps have signed Gambian striker Mustapha Jarju as club’s second Designated Player – pending his international transfer certificate. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed

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Over the last two days, we’ve counted down the finest Canuck games of the past season, and it’s been clear that being a Canucks fan yields some absolutely riveting hockey. Some of last year’s games were veritable classics. The season series with Detroit, for instance, yielded nothing but magic. The season series with Dallas was immensely satisfying, too. Even the season series with San Jose had some great games.

Of course, they can’t all be beautiful. The Canucks played some absolute stinkers, too — games that, had we known they would be the athletic equivalent of being maced in the face (by an actual, medieval mace, no less), we would never have watched. Unfortunately, we didn’t know and, therefore, we did watch. From the blowout in Chicago to a divisional season series that never failed to disappoint, here are the five worst games of the 2010-11 regular season.

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In this edition of our Every Goal series, it’s time for another forward leaving via free agency: Jeff Tambellini. The pint-sized forward joined the Canucks on a league-minimum contract, hoping to contribute to the team he grew up idolizing. Let’s take a look at every goal Jeff Tambellini scored in 2010-11.

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Yesterday, we began our countdown of the 10 best games of the Canucks regular season, looking at top-notch tilts with the Flames, Blackhawks, Stars, Lightning, and Blue Jackets that yielded some classic and/or hilarious moments and some great entertainment overall. Today, we round out the top five, examining the best of the Canucks’ season series with a perennial powerhouse, a surprise blowout, and a nail-biter in Southern California.

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The future may not be quite as bad for Whitecaps fans as that envisioned by George Orwell (although, after five consecutive defeats, it sometimes feel like it may be) but in a season that has been marked out by poor results, managerial upheaval, and the general sense that the club is failing to grasp the once in a lifetime opportunity that an inaugural season brings to any sporting franchise, is there anything at all to love about the current Whitecaps?

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Don’t expect any major moves from the Toronto Blue Jays before the July 31 trade deadline, but there should be quite a bit of activity as the team attempts to shed its excess cargo.  The team has given up on its early season attempt to contend and, with the deletions of Juan Rivera and Jayson [...]

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The Canucks’ offseason quest to completely remodel their fourth line personnel continued this weekend, as they dealt the rights of Sergei Shirokov to the Florida Panthers in exchange for little-known left winger Mike Duco.

Duco is in keeping with the prototype the Canucks seem to be after this offseason. He’s a gritty, hard-nosed, proven AHL scorer that has, as of yet, failed to break into the NHL, where he’d likely be a third or fourth line guy. Duco’s on the smallish side, but he’s no pushover. On top of his 20 goals and 11 assists with the Rochester Americans last season, the 5’10″, 190 lb. winger also racked up 126 PIM. And, in the NHL, he has half that (60) in only 12 games, for an average of 5 PIM a game. He’s a scrapper. Even his Twitter profile photo can attest to this: it’s a shot from his last NHL fight, a bout with Toronto’s Mike Brown.

You read that correctly, by the way: Mike Duco’s been on Twitter since April (@duco87), and considering our struggles to get interesting Canuck personalities on Twitter, we should be rejoicing: Duco speaks his mind. Unfortunately, he’s one of those guys that Ryan Whitney was talking about: he’s not so into the Canucks.

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1) Will new signing Jordan Harvey start the game? Yes. He started at left back with Alain Rochat moving to the centre of defence. He looked solid enough with the only down side being that he picked up a yellow card which means that he will miss the next game. So more defensive shuffling for [...]

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Now that a little time has passed and the anguish over another game 7 Stanley Cup Final loss (and subsequent riot) has subsided, we can begin looking fondly back at what was, by all accounts, a very good season. Inspired by Stanley Cup of Chowder counting down the 10 best Bruins games (a list which includes their one regular-season tilt with the Canucks, a game I found wholly unentertaining, probably because the Canucks didn’t win it), PITB will now look back at the 10 best Canuck outings of the 2010-11 regular season. Today, we tackle 10-6.

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1) Will new signing Jordan Harvey start the game? Yes. He started at left back with Alain Rochat moving to the centre of defence. He looked solid enough with the only down side being that he picked up a yellow card which means that he will miss the next game. So more defensive shuffling for [...]

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1) Will new signing Jordan Harvey start the game?-  If he does then it is likely that Alain Rochat will move to the centre of defence with Harvey replacing him at left- back but, given that Rochat has been the standout player this season, it’s just possible that Tom Soehn will elect to play Harvey in front [...]

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Longtime PITB readers likely know all about the love and affection we have for The Wellwoods, our official women’s road hockey team. Ever since we discovered, about a year ago, that there was a team named after our second favourite lovably weird ex-Canuck– and that they were good, and that they were hilarious — our love and affection for the Baby Blue Welly Crew has been a constant.

But the time for talk of this affection has passed. Instead, the time has come to physically express this love. How? By kicking their asses in a game of road hockey. That’s happening Saturday, July 9th, otherwise known as tomorrow. You should come.

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Third Man In is a feature that reminds the world that PITB actually has three writers and occasionally, that third writer comes flying into the fray with his gloves off, looking for a piece of the action. Usually on Friday. This week, Qris examines why Keith Ballard can’t get out of AV’s doghouse and admits he knows nothing about Marco Sturm.

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 The regular Friday Night Live card at Hastings Racecourse has been adjusted to a Friday Afternoon Live program today with a 3:20 p.m. start to accommodate the BC Lions CFL home opener at Empire Field.  In a message to the masses, Raj Mutti, Regional General Manager, BC Racing, has invited football fans to drop by [...]

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Today in the Every Goal series, we’ll look at the human bowling ball himself, Raffi Torres, and the 14 goals he scored for Vancouver during the 2010-11 regular season.

Though 14 was the lowest full season goal total of Torres’s career, his year in Vancouver was largely held to be a success. After signing with the Canucks late last offseason as a reclamation project on a one-year deal, Torres carved out a semi-permanent place for himself on the third line alongside Manny Malhotra and Jannik Hansen. He had a knack for massive hits, usually clean (but there was this one time…. and arguably this other time…). He gave the Canucks some physicality that their top nine truly lacked — and now lacks again, after Torres accepted a two-year offer from the Phoenix Coyotes.

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Summer just isn’t summer without Cody Hodgson Controversies

Technically, the summer started on June 21st, but it still doesn’t feel like summer is here. It could be because of the rain pouring down outside my window or the Canucks long playoff run throwing my sense of time out of alignment, but I think there’s another, better explanation. There are no Cody Hodgson Controversies.

So far this summer: nothing about Hodgson. No questions, no rumours, no controversy. It just doesn’t feel right. So we decided to be more like the mainstream media, and create our own Cody Hodgson Controversies. We enlisted the help of our followers on Twitter to find out what crazy things Cody Hodgson has been up to using the hashtag #CodyHodgsonControversies. Here are 24 shocking controversies that we have dug up:

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It’s official. The Vancouver Whitecaps are star-crossed. They had the better of the game against the Columbus Crew on Wednesday evening yet still came away with a 1-0 defeat. Despite being without Hassli and Chiumiento the team looked to be in a very different mood than the previous games in Toronto. They pressed Columbus from [...]

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When True North Sports & Entertainment purchased the Atlanta Thrashers and moved them to Winnipeg, it had a profound impact on three other professional hockey teams. The Manitoba Moose became the AHL affiliate for the Winnipeg Jets and were shipped out to St. John’s, Newfoundland. This meant the Vancouver Canucks were without an AHL affiliate and the Chicago Wolves, former affiliates of the Thrashers, were without an NHL affiliate. Naturally, the two clubs came together to resolve the issue.

Of course, this means that Vancouver’s prospects will now play in Chicago, where, rumor has it, they’re not too fond of the Canucks. It’s like trying to make a good first impression with a girl who has been told by all her friends that you’re a violent chauvinist Nazi skinhead who wears a wig as a disguise. It’s a tough sell.

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